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Clearing the Decks for Deep Thinking Is Vital in Science
Collaboration has fueled many achievements made by the IMF and the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG). But scientific advances also come from the kind of “deep thinking” that there is little time for in today’s hectic world. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie explores why both types of settings are important to push the research needle forward. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.

European Medicines Agency Pushes for Empliciti for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) reviewed the monoclonal antibody Empliciti® (elotuzumab) as part of the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) accelerated assessment program. After review, CHMP recommended that Empliciti® should be used in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for multiple myeloma patients who have received at least one prior therapy. This EMA recommendation will be sent to the European Commission of the European Union, the body that will make the final decision on authorizing the marketing of Empliciti®’s use. To learn more, click HERE.

Boston Celtics Sink Baskets and Donations to the IMF
The International Myeloma Foundation is thrilled to announce that this NBA season, the organization’s research and education programs will be the winners in Takeda Oncology’s new campaign “3 Points for Patients.” Each time one of the 17-time champion Boston Celtics sinks a 3-point basket during the regular NBA season, Takeda Oncology will make a donation to the IMF. With the high-scoring Celtics’ track record, that could result in an additional $25,000 to support the IMF. Learn more from this video with Celtics’ Head Coach Brad Stevens.

Getting Serious -and Silly- About Healthy Eating
We humans are obsessed with and confused by food. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie considers two recently published books that illustrate both ends of the spectrum. “I'll Have What She's Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting” is a wry look at the eating habits of the fit and famous (Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Taylor, Beyoncé). “Fat Chance” is a more serious examination of the real dangers of sugar and processed foods. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.

FDA Approves New Kyprolis® (carfilzomib) combination therapy for the treatment of patients with RRMM.
Kyprolis Label Expansion Represents Critical Advancement for Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma, Offering New Option For Backbone Therapy. Approval Expands Kyprolis Indication and Converts Monotherapy Indication to Full Approval.

The Black Swan Research Initiative® Is the “Myeloma Moonshot”
Many of the approaches to curing cancer Vice President Joe Biden advocates as part of the much-discussed “cancer moonshot” have been part of the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative since its launch in 2012. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie says that collaboration and putting an end to research “silos” promise to bring us closer to a cure for myeloma. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.

Register Now for the IMF’s Free Regional Community Workshop in Cleveland
The IMF hosts “Living Successfully with Multiple Myeloma,” a Regional Community Workshop, at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, March 5, 2016. This workshop provides education on such topics as myeloma basics, novel therapies, side effects management, and supportive care issues. The panelists include Drs. Craig Emmitt Cole (University of Michigan), Craig Hofmeister (Ohio State University), and Beth Faiman, PhD, MSN (Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute). Registration is FREE, but seating is limited. To register, call 800-452-CURE (2873) or click HERE.

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Appoints Dr. Rafat Abonour as New Medical Liaison to Support Organization’s European Program Expansion

Myeloma expert Dr. Rafat Abonour as IMF Medical Liaison. Dr. Abonour’s appointment follows the foundation’s recent appointment of French myeloma researcher Prof. Jean-Luc Harousseau, MD. Both men will help accelerate the IMF’s mission to affect positive change around the world.

Register Now for TEAM IMF's February 2016 Fundraising Races
Join TEAM IMF during the annual Los Angeles Marathon weekend this February and help us raise money in support of the important Brian D. Novis Research Grants! On Saturday, February 13, 2016, you can enter the LA Big 5K on a course that extends from Elysian Park to Dodger Stadium and back. Those ready to tackle a marathon can opt for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, February 14, 2016. This 26-mile race starts at Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica Pier, and can be completed solo or with a relay team of two runners. Click LA Big 5K or Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon to register for the event of your choice.

Click here to view the replay of the Best of ASH 2015 Teleconference
Now that the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) 2015 annual meeting has come to a close, attendees are sorting through the breadth of knowledge, research, and educational information shared. To simplify the latest trends in myeloma research, the IMF will present a free teleconference: “The Best of ASH 2015: What Patients & Caregivers Need to Know.” Dr. Brian Durie will host this ninety-minute session on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET. If you tune into the teleconference, you will also have a chance to participate—30 minutes of this teleconference will feature a question and answer session with Dr. Durie. To pre-register for this event today, click HERE.

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